The warmth from diyas, the twinkling of fairy lights, and then the colorful rangolis. There might be many ways to celebrate Diwali but decorating up the office space must be the priority. That’s why you need to read our go-to-list for Diwali office decoration ideas.
To those of you who don’t know, a quick recap. Diwali is perhaps the most auspicious festival celebrated by Indians all over the world. It symbolizes that light (a metaphor for hope) and drives away the darkness of the night(symbolizing hopelessness).
Diwali is rightfully called the Christmas equivalent for Indians. Not only it calls for a great deal of retail therapy, but also it is a joyous occasion that is perfect for bringing people together. Not only at home but Diwali deserves a glorious office celebration too!
To get your office space Diwali ready, here are 18 of our favorite Diwali office decoration ideas :
18 Incredibly Easy Diwali Office Decoration Ideas
There is no Diwali without at least one rangoli gracing the doorsteps. An integral part of Diwali, rangolis are considered extremely auspicious. This might look hard to some but you don’t really need to have an artistic streak to make some beautiful rangolis. There are a variety of rangoli stencils that are available online or offline. Rangolis are usually made by colored powder, which again is easily available anywhere. However, there are many who prefer rangolis made by varieties of flowers too.
What is even the festival of lights without the quintessential diyas? Earthern, hand-painted, or a one having 8 wicks- we love them all. Honestly, you could remove every aspect from Diwali and celebrate it with only the diyas itself. The bonus of having diyas is that it costs next to nothing, and is extremely environmentally friendly. So if you are really conscious about making sustainable choices, diyas are the ideal Diwali decoration item.
Candles are perfect to decorate the office as they can be used to decorate pretty much every nook, dark corners, and staircases. It’s unbelievable the selection of candles you can get today. Also, can we not forget that many of them smell so incredibly good? There is also an option for people who like to avoid the waxy mess that many candles bring- electric candles. Electric candles are easily available and extremely convenient to set up.
4. Cubicle Decor
The best way to make everyone get in the festive mood is to decorate the workspaces they are working at. Hang a lot of streamers, balloons, and fairy lights to make it look as welcoming as possible. It, however, might not be a good idea to use diyas and candles as there are high chances of something catching fire. But electric candles and floating diyas make for a perfect table decorative items.
5. Floating Candles
What’s better than candles? Floating candles. Floating candles really takes the normal decoration item a notch up. It imparts an almost magical vibe to the office environment. When used as a central decoration item it looks incredibly beautiful.
Take a large bowl of water and just put some beautiful floating candles in it. To make it look more festive, you can add some colorful flowers and glitters alongside it. Keep a few of these bowls around the office space which is sure to make it look exquisite.
6. Decorative Tea Light Candles
Tea light candles deserve an extra category of their own because of how sustainable they are. Tea light candles are encased by a metal covering, so that when they liquify as they burn. So, not only you avoid all the mess but you can also reuse it again. Talk about a good bargain.
7. Fairy Lights
Fairy lights are the chocolate cake of the decorative world. You can’t ever possibly go wrong with it. Everyone likes it because it makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside. Truth be told, no Diwali decoration is ever complete without fairy lights.
Although fairy lights are quite inexpensive but the array of colors and shapes makes them an incredibly versatile decorative item. Some popular ways to decorate with fairy lights are:
- Draping them across pillars.
- Outlining the window and door frames.
- On top of the office cubicles.
8. Chinese Lanterns
Chinese lanterns have been gaining popularity as a much sought-after Diwali decoration item. These lanterns present an oriental glamour to the otherwise traditional Diwali decorations.
9. Paper Lanterns
If you’re someone who loves a touch of diversity, give these paper lanterns a shot. For that DIY element, you can opt for crafting some of your own paper lanterns. If not, they are also as easily available online. However, making paper lanterns together can also double as a fun team building activity for your teams. So, procure some crepe paper, glue, and scissors and get the fun going.
10. Bottle Lights
This seems to be a recent trend that we are loving so far. Additionally, it allows us to recycle old glass bottles, so what’s not to love? Just take some old dusty glass bottles lying around, clean them up, and start putting a bunch of string lights inside. Now, plug it on and see how it makes everything more magical. It is an incredibly chic and modern piece of decorative item that will impart a classy vibe to any space.
11. Lights On Plants
Who said that decorating a tree should be limited to only Christmas? While you certainly don’t need a tree for this DIY, you do need some pretty string lights wrapped around the office plants.
Moreover, placing these “decorated plants” in the lobby of your office will make the entrance look warm, inviting, and festive. Another bonus is If your office space has a garden of some sort, it’s going to look incredibly beautiful to decorate the trees and plants with yellow fairy lights.
Balloons are the easiest way to brighten up any festive decoration. It might be a simple decoration item but the wide range of shapes and colors that you can combine is thrilling. Ballons are also great for decorating spaces where you would possibly want to avoid having any flammable materials near such as the file cabinet.
13. Flower Garlands
While Diwali is the “festival of lights” it could be incomplete without any flowers. Beautiful flower garlands are perhaps one of the most authentic Diwali decoration ideas for office. In particular, marigold garlands are considered extremely auspicious. Such floral garlands look marvelous when hung on walls, doorways, and staircase railings. You can never go wrong with some of these fragrant pieces hanging around your office environment.
14. Diwali Torans (Wall hangings)
This is less of a decorative item and more of a ritual. Torans or wall hangings are used for decorating the top of doors and thus indicating that the Goddess is welcome. However, even without the religious aspects, a toran can definitely brighten up any space. Torans can be made from a variety of objects- flowers, beads, or even from thread. Try to incorporate the colors red, yellow, and orange to make it look more inviting. Torans are the excellent finishing touch to any Diwali decoration.
Streamers are the easiest way to jazz up and decorate anything. You don’t know what to do with that lone hallway? Get a lot of colorful streamers and hang it up. Also, streamers are convenient in the sense that they are reusable and can be used for just about any joyous occasion. Also, even the most creatively challenged person could do remarkable decoration with the easy to use paper streamers.
16. Bells and Windchimes
If you think that bells are only useful during Christmas, then definitely reconsider it. Some golden bells and windchimes paired together with marigold garlands are definitely a prominent addition to any Diwali office decoration. It is a decor that will look best when hung from the ceiling or any “high” place.
17. Enhance The Reception Area
The first thing while entering any office space is the reception area so it’s vital that you go all out on making it look the part for the Diwali office decoration. Make a rangoli in the middle of the room and be sure to make it as colorful as possible. Decorate the reception area with fairy lights, floating candles, and Chinese lanterns.
18. Innovative Gift Packaging
Many might not consider this a decorative item per se, but Diwali gifting is an integral part of the celebration itself. Boxes of dry fruits, a variety of mithais, chocolates- Diwali gifts have also got to look like they belong in a festive environment. So bitch that old boring wrapping paper, and get beautiful, trendy ones. Additionally, if you are looking for a new range of gifts that will be perfect for your employees do have a look at our Diwali gift idea for corporates.
Do you have any Diwali decoration ideas for the office that you include every year? We’d love to hear it in the comments below!